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Homs (; / ALA-LC: Ḥimṣ), previously known as Emesa ( Greek: Ἔμεσα Emesa), is a city in western Syria and the capital of the Homs Governorate. It is above sea level and is located north of Damascus. Located on the Orontes River, Homs is also the central link between the interior cities and the Mediterranean coast.

Before the Syrian war, Homs was a major industrial centre, and with a population of at least 652,609 people in 2004, it was the third largest city in Syria after Aleppo to the north and the capital Damascus to the south. Its population reflects Syria's general religious diversity, composed of Sunni and Alawite and Christian . There are a number of historic mosques and churches in the city, and it is close to the Krak des Chevaliers castle, a world heritage site.

Homs did not emerge into the historical record until the 1st century BCE at the time of the Seleucids. It later became the capital of a kingdom ruled by the Emesani dynasty who gave the city its name. Originally a center of worship for the sun god El-Gabal, it later gained importance in Christianity under the Byzantines. Homs was conquered by the Muslims in the 7th century and made capital of a district that bore its current name. Throughout the Islamic era, Muslim dynasties contending for control of Syria sought after Homs due to the city's strategic position in the area. Homs began to decline under the Ottomans and only in the 19th century did the city regain its economic importance when its cotton industry boomed. During French Mandate rule, the city became a center of insurrection and, after independence in 1946, a center of Baathist resistance to the first Syrian governments.

In the ongoing Syrian civil war, Homs became an opposition stronghold and the Syrian government launched a military assault against the city in May 2011. The following Siege of Homs left much of the city completely destroyed and thousands dead. The war in the city ended in 2015 when rebels evacuated the city, resulting in a government victory.

Homs (disambiguation)

Homs is a city in Syria.

Homs may also refer to:

  • Homs Camp, a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria
  • Homs District, Syria
  • Homs Governorate, Syria
  • Al Khums (Arabic: ), a city in Libya
  • Al Khums Governorate, a former governorate in Libya
  • Battle of Homs (disambiguation)
  • Jund Homs, a district of the Abbasid Caliphate
  • Lake Homs, in Syria
  • Siege of Homs
  • Syrian Catholic Archeparchy of Homs

Usage examples of "homs".

The spectators surged to their feet, and Noto screamed for his man to finish the Capuan while Homs and his party shouted at the Capuan to get up and return to the attack.

Despite all the hours I have to spend adding up columns of figures and counting stacks of pennies, I'm still an Arum, and when the homs blow, my blood starts to race.

Our task: to reconnoiter more intensively as far as south of Homs-Tripoli, with particular attention to an almost insurmountable north-south mountain range between Homs and Tripoli.